During these uncertain times we want you to know that our first priority is the well-being of our performers, citizens and community. We hope that you are all staying at home as much as possible and following the guidelines we have all been given by local, state, and federal governments and the CDC. While the orchestra and chorale cannot rehearse or perform publicly for the time being, in the weeks ahead we will be making recorded past performances available on our website in our exciting new digital series Soundscape Experience. You can also visit our Facebook page for fun and informational musical performances and articles. While you are there, don’t forget to “like” our page and share the content with your friends and family. Classical music can be a valuable aid for healing, stress relief, and general well-being in this challenging time. Music unites us, and it makes us stronger. Montanans are known for their resilience and sense of community, and we will get through this together. Be well and stay safe! We hope to see you July 10/11 for Symphony Night at Rebecca Farm and during August 7-16 for Festival Amadeus. Please stay tuned to glaciersymphony.org for updates and news of these exciting events and more!

Bringing You Sensational Music Year-Round

The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale, is one of the most active performing arts organizations in the inner-mountain northwest. Located in Montana’s beautiful Flathead Valley, the symphony produces a yearly Masterworks season of subscription concerts, educational programming for area schools, the family-friendly outdoor Symphony Night at Rebecca Farm, exclusive special events, and the region’s only weeklong classical music series, Festival Amadeus. Join us as we explore the finest in classical music!

Concerts • Outdoor Performances • Special Events • Music Festivals • Opera • Education

Glacier Symphony

Orchestra Members | 2020/2021

Music Director & Conductor
John Zoltek

Violin 1

Lynn Andenoro

Sarah Fazendin+
Miriam Genheimer

Michael Hilton+
Anita Ho
Linda Kuntz
Jan LordIan Nicklin+
Trevor Ostenson+

Peter Pomajevich

Will Shackelton+

Elizabeth Wilkinson+

Violin 2
Amy Haymond*
Marilyn Anderson
Chloe Cheff
Brianne Franklin
Lindsey Groves
Connie Rudie
Karina Scherrer
Phyllis Snow
Suzie Wambeke

Jenanne Solberg*
Naomi Barnes
Tamara Farr+
Betsy Funk
Amelia Thornton+
Aimee Zupicich

Griffin Browne*
Jes Hagale
Betsy Kohnstamm
Melinda Morison
Melinda Payne-Sanders
Diane Sine
Amy Zoltek


Sarah Burdick*
Virginia Bowland
Paul Faessle
Michelle Tanburg

Beth Pirrie *
Betsy Finch
Kate Fraser
Jennifer Hawkins
Anna Schultz(s)

Oboe/English Horn
Reid Merley*
Karri Linder
Mary Notess

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Dinah Weimer *
Chris Moen
Joseph Valenti

Alicia McLean+*
Logan Beskoon+
Dylan Myers

French Horn
Paul Rossi*
Chip Davis
Bob Green+
Laurie Miller
Greg Notess

Martin Weimer*
Michael Boreson
BJ Lupton
Gerry Schultz

Hank Handford*
Dave Lawrence
Jim Lehner

Ben Caudill*

Peggy Young*

Marlene Anderson* Maryruth Fallon

Dave Barr*

Nathan Connell
Jane Copper
Nic Hannah
Paul Merendino
Jeremy Reinbolt

Section Principal *
Non-Resident Import Musician +
High School Student Musician (s)

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Glacier Chorale

Chorale Members | 2019/2020

Chorale Conductor
Micah Hunter

Alma Ramlow

Casey Bachurski
Kim Baker
Jeri Brown
Barbara Burch*
Grace Burtsfield
Heather Catlett***
Katie Christensen
Melissa Conn
Rachel Hardy
Rachel Hunter
Laura Hudson
Lily Kirsanow
Jenny LaSorte
Linden Rigler
Tiffany Riley
Tina Riley
Lindsey Thompson
Susan Roy
Denise Schenkel
Arline Tinkham
Clarice Tuttle
Amy Vanderbilt
Kirsten Wells
Kristen Young

Catherine Allen
Adrienne Barnes
Jo Borowski
Annie Burtsfield
Betty Carlson
Rachel Cook
Dorothy Drury
Sherri Dutton
Dee Fleming
Sarah Gasbarro
Melissa Gunderson
Robin Harrison
Helen Hashley
Judy Hebing
Jill Hembroff
Heather Licht
Jooeun Lim
Dawn Matt
Cassie McCann
Sarah Nuckolls
Marcia O’Brien
Annalise Pierson
Julia Pierrottet
Dusty Roth
Alaura Scherrer
Marcia Siblerud
Tana Simpson
Valeriya Voronina Sasser
Barbara Walden**

Terry Comstock
Tim DeVries
Caleb Fredenberg
Marshall Jones
Bob Kruse
Ivan Lorentzen
Curtis Lund
Jeph Morris
Jim Rowe

Chauncey Allison
Joe Apple
Tim Christenson
Jim Coolidge
Terry Falk
Clint Finlayson
Bill Hartford
Jackson Hayden
Steve Johnson
Martin Jones
Jeff Martin
Zachary Maurer*
Allan McGarvey
Greg Naive
Keith Nelson
David Reese
Jackson Reese
Brad Roy
Jason Sanders
Bill Sauer


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Youth Music Experience (YME)

Enhancing excellence and understanding in music.

The Glacier Symphony outreach and education programs provide area youth of all ages with in-school concerts, guest artist demonstrations, camps, free tickets, classes, performance opportunities, scholarships, and more! These experiences are funded by our dedicated sponsors and donors. Want to help? Invest in music education!

YME CONCERT PROGRAM Schedule | 2019/2020

(Previously Wild About Music (WAM))

Friday, October 18, 2019 | Flathead High School
Friday, November 22, 2019 | Flathead High School
Friday, February 21, 2020 | TBD

Dates and locations subject to change. Contact us at info@gscmusic.org for more information.

YME SPONSORS | 2019/2020

New Symphony Hall – coming 2020!

In conjunction with Flathead Valley Community College Foundation, the Glacier Symphony’s patrons have helped raise over $18 million for the ambitious ONE Campaign to construct a new College Center. This facility will feature a state-of-the-art Performance and Lecture Hall with superb acoustics to serve as the Glacier Symphony’s primary concert venue. The College Center will also include an art and exhibition gallery/reception hall, an outdoor amphitheater, and a multi-purpose activity complex.

Want to invest in great music? Donate to the ENCORE Campaign (a continuation of the ONE Campaign) to enlarge the Performance Hall design by 1000 seats! This would be the only venue of its kind and size in Northwest Montana and expand our local educational and cultural opportunities.

Our Business is YOU

The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale, is dedicated to fiscal responsibility to ensure the longevity and continued impact of our music and programming. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, this is YOUR symphony.

Board of Directors

The Glacier Symphony honors the tremendous contribution of the current and past Board of Directors, who worked tirelessly to help create the wonderful organization we have today. Thanks to those who chose to take on the responsibility of serving their community.

Current Board | 2019/2020

Jon Johnson, President
Mark Holston, Vice President
Dan Chisholm, Treasurer
Lucy Smith, Secretary
Mona Charles
Jim Coolidge
Ginnie Cronk
Heidi Escalante
Joanna Galbraith
Laurie Miller
Julie Moffitt
Robin Paone
Marylou Patterson
Tamara Williams

Past Board Presidents

1983-1985 – Gabe Perjessy, Kalispell
1985-1986 – Hi Gibson, Kalispell
1986-1988 – Mike Fraser, Kalispell
1988-89/90-91 – Dean Nelson, Kalispell
1989-1990 – Charlotte Higgs, Kalispell
1991-1992 – Kathy McDevitt, Kalispell
1992-1994 – Steve Cummings, Kalispell
1994-1996 – Eric Kaplan, Kalispell
1996-1997 – Ed Jasmin, Kalispell
1997-1998 – Martha Groenke, Bigfork
1998-2001 – Joan Pfuhl, Bigfork
2001-2003 – Jean Hagen, Bigfork
2003-2005 – Jim Strainer, Bigfork
2005-2007 – Mark Kirk, Bigfork
2007-2009 – B.J. Carlson, Kalispell
2009-2011 – Margaret Baird, Lakeside
2011-2013 – Maureen Hathaway, Somers
2013-2015 – B.J. Lupton, Kalispell
2015-2017 – Jim Lehner, Kalispell
2017-2019 – Julie Moffitt, Bigfork
2019-present – Jon Johnson, Whitefish

The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale Board has up to 24 directors, with one representative each from the orchestra and chorale. The Executive Director, Music Director, and Chorale Director are considered non-voting members of the Board of Directors. The board meets monthly, generally on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00 pm. The board meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending a board meeting, please email info@gscmusic.org to confirm the date, time, and location of the meeting.

Our Story

Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale

Montana’s Festival Orchestra

Our mission is to provide a diverse range of excellent musical experiences in Northwest Montana that inspire, challenge, and educate our musicians, audience,  and students.

The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale has its roots in the 1970’s when the Performing Arts Council was formed from a core of music lovers in the Flathead Valley. The Council sponsored recitals and summer concerts in the Valley and later formed The Hockaday Chamber Orchestra, which performed a series of concerts. Glacier Symphony members of this early group included Doug James, Lindy James, and Shauneen and Ray Garner.

This early musical group coalesced in earnest in June 1981 when they continued to rehearse and perform together as the Flathead Valley Chamber Orchestra and Chorale. By 1982, the group had expanded to the size that larger works could be performed, under the direction of the new guest conductor Gordon Johnson, conductor of the Great Falls Symphony. That same year, Gordon was named Music Director, and the name of the group was changed to The Glacier Orchestra and Chorale. Shauneen Garner was the founding Chorale Conductor and Robin Bailey was named Executive Director in 1985.

In 1997, with the hiring of John Zoltek as a full time music director, the growth of the organization expanded rapidly. To reflect its substantial growth and artistic quality, the G.O.C. changed its name to the Glacier Symphony and Chorale in July 2003. In 2004, Amy Smith-Kellogg was hired as Executive Director, followed by Alan Satterlee in 2006. Dr. Jim Stanard was hired as the Chorale Conductor in 2006 following the retirement of Shauneen Garner. Accomplished chorale conductor Dr. Micah Hunter, was hired in 2015 to take over for Dr. Stanard. 

Continuing to grow and evolve, with a mission to bring more classical music to the area, John Zoltek’s dream of establishing a week long classical music festival came to fruition in 2008 with the premier of Festival Amadeus, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017

Now, with the new name of “Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale,” we are the most active symphonic organization in the state of Montana, performing up to 24 concerts and events per season, with year-round programming. During our MasterWorks season, we offer a variety of symphonic, holiday pops and chorale concerts from October through February, a regional concert series in April for our Spring Festival, and more. Summer programming includes our outdoor Symphony Night at the Farm concerts at Rebecca Farm, and our unique, weeklong, Festival Amadeus. Interwoven throughout the entire year is our expanding Youth Music Experience (YME), including Wild About Music (WAM) education and outreach programs.

Glacier Symphony attracts audiences from all across Northwest Montana, plus visitors from around the country. World-renown guest artists perform regularly with the Symphony and are delighted to find such an accomplished symphonic organization in our valley. The Symphony will continue to provide diverse programming, combining with the different art forms such as opera and dance to enlarge its artistic offerings, enhancing the cultural assets of our community. There is truly something for everyone at YOUR Glacier Symphony!